the vermiculture age

It’s not quite like having a compost heap in the living room but it is the next best thing.  Kawena”s old school, offered vermiculture bins in a fundraising effort, so for the price of a week’s groceries, we now have a  live Indian Blue earthworms to process our vegetable scraps, coffee grinds, and junk mail and newspapers into earth saving garden mulch.

As soon as I open the bin, the critters dive for cover.  I have no idea how many we have but at least they are alive.  

I am now reading about vermiculture – worm farming – in my spare spare time.  Surprisingly interesting and as in all things, enthusiasts abound.  Certainly Mrs H at AOP is a learned source of wormlore, who I have yet to hit up for advice, such as, what now?  The fruit scrap snacks on the top layer of my “working bin” are slowly decomposing, which produces bite sized  – for earthworms – meals.  I have added some bits of lettuce to the pile.  So far the throughput of this system can  handle only a small fraction of our decomposable household output, but we’re just starting.

Thus I enter the vermiculture age, yet another side path of middle age, and a small new area of tending to occupy my attention.


One Response to “the vermiculture age”

  1. My shredder says “no newspaper.” That’s because newspaper sheets are large and people will inevitably try to shred a week’s accumulation at a single go, overloading the machine. The main thing: don’t overload the machine – a small shredder can only do a few sheets at a time.

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